Come and contribute to the richness of Dechen Chöling!
At the heart of Dechen Chöling is a community of people dedicated to meditation and making this place work. Working here is a way not only to deepen one’s own personal meditation practice but also to help make wisdom teachings and this beautiful retreat place available to others. Take this unique opportunity to experience a different lifestyle – living and working in a meditation centre.
Working here means taking care. Taking care of the land, the château, the meditation halls, the food, the phone, the programmes, the money, the toilets, the tents, and of course, the people visiting and living here. How? One must open one’s heart to see. To make the most of everyone’s capabilities we have to get to know each other and – relax. Through the constant practice of working together in various ways everybody has great opportunities to grow and develop.
We have a core staff of 15- 20 staff living here throughout the year. In the summer we take on a number of interns, who come to practice and study, and help to allow others to do so. In the summer accommodation is partially in tents. Core staff generally stay for one to three years normally, interns stay for some months during the summer season.
Dechen Chöling is a place of beauty and bliss, the atmosphere is marked by continuity of change and the willingness of everyone to create the space in which we can work with ourselves and others. Three months might feel like three years or vice versa.
If you would like to join us just for a few days or weeks as a visitor or working guest, please click here. You will receive a discount if you join in with our communitiy activities and work.
Good and bad, happy and sad, all thoughts vanish into emptiness like the imprint of a bird in the sky.
- Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche